There is so much hyperventilating over Mastodon, the upstart social network du jour, that it’s easy to drop it into the same bucket as all the other presumed Twitter killers moldering in their digital graves.
Which is exactly what a lot of people are doing. Without even giving it a once-over, they remind their followers of Ello, Plurk, Jaiku, and the laundry list of other social hopefuls. And let’s not even start on the trash heap of Google’s varous attempts.
I’m not ready to proclaim Mastodon a keeper. Odds are, in five years when the next startup hits the scene, the doubters will ask us to remember Ello, Plurk, Jaiku, and Mastodon Read More »
SEC goes after fake news on financial sites—Articles that promote companies on financial websites for which the writers were paid by the companies they touted are the focus on a crackdown by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Reuters reports that 27 people and organizations, including a movie star, have been charged with “misleading investors into believing they were reading ‘independent unbiased analyses.’” The takeaway: The assault on fake news is coming Read More »
Lionel Menchaca and Ike Pigott join Shel Holtz for this week’s episode, commenting on these stories…
Pepsi was the subject of ridicule when the brand released a tone-deaf TV commercial accused of appropriating and minimizing the protest movements of Black Lives Matter and others. We talked about the commercial itself and the bigger issue how companies should approach their efforts to drive social change.
Facebook has released a free version of Workplace, its enterprise collaboration tool.
There has been more movement in the battle against fake news, including moves by Facebook and Read More »
PepsiCo withdraws Kendall Jenner ad—PepsiCo’s record of living its values has been undermined by a tone-deaf commercial that critics have accused of appropriating a serious message from the Black Lives Matter group for the purpose of selling cans of soda. Even Dr. Martin Luther King’s daughter has expressed her displeasure, leading the company to withdraw the commercial. Some analysts speculate this ad misfire will have longer-lasting fallout than most and could hurt sales. Read More »